Export Bills

Export Bills are a simple and cost effective method of getting payment for your exports, providing more security than dealing directly with the trader.

At a glance

  • Document and payment collections are handled on your behalf

  • Reduces disputes as documentary collections are governed by International Chamber of Commerce rules

  • Build on the trust you've built whist retaining some control

  • Access to international expertise

  • Option to add additional protection with Export Documentary Credits

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Existing customers

Key benefits

Security for your export payments

A cost-effective way to have some control

How Export Bills work

  • You ship the goods to the importer.
  • You ask your bank to send the shipping documents and collection instructions to the importer's bank.
  • The importer's bank then requests payment or an undertaking to pay from the importer. The bank will not release the documents until the importer has either made payment or promised to do so at a later date agreed by you.

Potential risks you should consider

  • Payment is not made until after the goods are shipped - so you bear the risk while goods are in transit or storage until you receive payment or acceptance
  • Banks involved in the transaction do not guarantee payment
  • It's your responsibility to check the importer's credit status and reputation before agreeing to a documentary collection

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Speak to a trade expert

Call us on

0800 78 31 300

Lines are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays

Textphone: 18001 08457 125 563

Existing customers

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